Photo: A group of people with red balloons at an event for Rare Disease Day in Berlin; Copyright: ACHSE e.V.

Better care and networking: how networks fight for people with rare diseases


The International Rare Disease Day on February 29, 2020, shines a bright light on the lives of nearly four million people in Germany who live with rare diseases. It also addresses those among us who have perhaps never heard of these diseases. It is important to raise awareness for this cause, to put a face on rare diseases and improve the quality of life of those affected.
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Photo: During a demonstration in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin demonstrators hold up posters with the inscription:

Inclusion in Europe – An analysis of the Status Quo


Accessibility, inclusion and participation are just three of the central principles outlined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). They give clear directions to all countries that have ratified the UNCRPD. But how well do the individual nations actually fulfill and implement the requirements set forth by the United Nations Convention?
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Photo: Person walks on the street with a long cane for the blind, focus on the aid; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Boehringer Ingelheim,

Europe: Inclusion with the help of assistive devices


The supply of auxiliary means differs from country to country – within Europe and worldwide. This can lead to problems for the individuals who live with a disability and depend on their assistive aids in order to be mobile and participate in professional and social life. So what exactly is the situation like and what needs to be improved? investigated.
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Photo: A woman in a beach wheelchair; Copyright: Timo Hermann |

Tourism for All: "Traveling is not just about physical access"


Tourism is for everybody. The aim of the British organisation Tourism for All is to make travel accessible. Whether travelers, policy makers or companies, Tourism for All wants to operate with and for everyone. asked, how the attitude of companies and politicians towards people with disabilities has changed and what the European tourism market has to offer.
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Photo: Employees of the Arbitration Body: Anne Katrin Lutz, Dr. Rica Werner, Antje Halamoda and Sabine Tekir; Copyright: Die Hoffotografen GmbH

"The BGG Arbitration Body is a solid tool to file for rights violation complaint at no charge"


The Federal Act on the Equalization of Disabled Persons (Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz), BGG, intends to ensure that people with disabilities don’t face discrimination. In December 2016, the BGG arbitration body was created. checked with Anne Katrin Lutz and Dr. Rica Werner who can contact the staff in Berlin given applicable circumstances.
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